Sammy Hagar Admits That He Was Angry At Eddie Van Halen When He Wrote His Autobiography
In an interview with Rock This With Allison Hagendorf, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar talked about his autobiography ‘Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock’ and revealed what he wanted to change about his statements regarding his relationship with late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen.
As you may know, Sammy Hagar has been the lead singer of Van Halen between the years 1985 and 1996. Together, they released the band’s tenth studio album named ‘Balance,’ which reached number 1 on the U.S Billboard 200 only a month later. It was the last one of the four Van Halen studio albums featuring Sammy Hagar as the frontman.
Besides being one of the most popular Van Halen albums, ‘Balance’ was allegedly the cause of Hagar’s departure from the band. At the time of the album’s release, Sammy and Eddie and Alex Van Halen were allegedly in an ongoing conflict. They had some disagreements about the songs in the album following by a medical issue regarding Sammy’s pregnant wife. Following their argument on the incident, Hagar was fired from the band. However, Eddie claimed that Sammy was the one who left the band.
In 2011, the iconic frontman released his autobiography named ‘Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,’ in which Hagar shares unfiltered stories from his rock and roll career both as a solo artist and as the lead singer of Van Halen. In a recent interview he joined, Sammy opened up about his autobiography and admitted that he was still angry at Eddie Van Halen when he wrote the book.
Hagar stated that he was angry because Eddie and Alex threw him out of the band ruthlessly. He added that even though he loves Eddie to death, the late guitarist and his brother were pretty tough guys to deal with. The talented lead singer also mentioned that now he wishes he would have been a little more conservative about the Van Halen years.
Here’s what Sammy Hagar stated about his regrets about his statements regarding Eddie and Van Halen in his autobiography:
“I included everything. There’s nothing I didn’t say. I kind of wish I would have been a little more conservative about the Van Halen years. But I was angry when I wrote the book. They threw me out of the band, and they did it ruthlessly. And I don’t care what anyone says — God rest Eddie’s soul; I love him to death — but he and his brother are pretty tough guys to deal with if they go against you.
They really made it harder on me at a weird time in my life. So I was angry when I wrote that stuff, but I didn’t enhance it. Believe me, if anything, I was kind to those gentlemen at that time in our lives. And I’m so glad we came back together. But if I’d waited a little longer, I wouldn’t have been so angry and there wouldn’t have been so much angst in it.”
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